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Waterbear CEO Ellen Windemuth on conservation, community, programming and her new free streaming platform (Podcast)

Ellen Windemuth is CEO of Waterbear Network, the ambitious streamer dedicated to creating a sustainable planet through compelling storytelling. She describes Waterbear’s mission, strategy, programming priorities, key contacts for producers, and much more. Listen to Ellen Windemuth (18′) Peter Hamilton · Ellen Windemuth, CEO Waterbear on programming strategy Timecode “Dedicated to the future of our …

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Disney Dances Ever More Closely with Disney+ and the Streaming Model!

Disney announced that Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) is jumping exclusively to Disney+. It’s a move with potential implications for the documentary niche. DWTS’s 16 years (30 seasons) of primetime on Disney’s ABC broadcast network are over. CEO Bob Chapek‘s announcement accelerates the strategic shift in Disney’s investment in original programming towards Disney+ and away …

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MIPTV & MIPDoc Unpacked: Serendipity rediscovered in Cannes… and more Takeaways with Dan Salerno. Podcast

Veteran programming strategist Dan Salerno reports on highlights of attending last week’s MIPTV / MIPDoc market & conference in Cannes. We both loved being back at a LIVE event where business benefits flowed from both planned and spontaneous meetings. Listen to our MIPTV / MIPDoc Takeaways Peter Hamilton · MIPTV 2022: Serendipity in Cannes … …

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Netflix 2023 What You Need To Know Now


The Truth About Netflix: Free Webinar with Show&Tell’s Keith Ochwat, February 17, 4pm ET

A brief message about Netflix from Keith Ochwat, founder of Show&Tell. He and I will be presenting a free webinar on Netflix on Thursday, 2/17 @ 1pm PT. I hope you’ll join us. As filmmakers, we can’t even think about distribution without Netflix lingering too far from our minds. I know this firsthand. For my …

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Netflix Market Value Crashes: What does losing $50 Bn mean for producers?

Investors hammered Netflix‘s market value by $50 Billion last week, and by around $130 Bn since November. There’s a complex web of dynamics at work here.  Let’s pick them apart, and see if we can come up with Takeaways for the documentary/unscripted community. Fickle Investors: Market analysts are a small, fickle bunch, and they tend …

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Fading U.S. Channels: How steep is their audience decline in the streaming era?

Variety Intelligence recently published Fading Ratings, featuring a useful series of charts that captures the downward audience trend over five-to-seven years of several portfolios of U.S. networks. The starting points are 2014 or 2016. SVOD’s Rising: The context-setting chart highlights the rise of Netflix and the top subscription streamers. The SVOD’s may be leading the …

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Need To Know for ’22 #1. Apple Hits $3 Trillion Market Cap. Tech giants extend dominance over legacy media players

Apple briefly became the first $3 trillion company. Its valuation is roughly equal to the gross domestic product of Britain or India. And it is equivalent to about six JPMorgan Chases, the biggest American bank, or 30 General Electrics. This milestone constrasts dramatically with today’s valuations of legacy media companies like Disney, ViacomCBS and Discovery, …

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Sunny Side News Roundup: Global Shift to Streaming Accelerates

The rush from linear to streaming accelerates. Netflix reaches saturation in North America and is targeting global growth (See chart). Its U.S. rivals are mostly left far behind in both subscribers and in spend on original programs. Streaming competitors have emerged in Europe and elsewhere. The good news is that the platforms need content including …

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